I must say that writing this article is not something which I had wanted to do or in any way looked forward to. However, in light of recent events, I feel that what I am about to say simply has to be said.
When the TEA (Taxed Enough Already) Party Movement was initiated a little over a year and a half ago at the urging of CNBC pundit Rick Santelli, I gave it nothing less than my full support. Though I never personally attended any of the rallies or events associated with it, I was very happy to see that the TEA Party had manifested itself in the smashingly successful 9/12 Taxpayer’s March on Washington, DC last autumn, thus securing itself a place on the national stage. After all, what was not to like about one million people — according to some estimates — making their way to Capitol Hill in order to have their concerns addressed about our country’s disastrous economy and even worse long-term financial prospects? Absolutely nothing. During that time, I believed that the TEA Party would be a great asset to both the Republican Party and America’s center-right political movement as a whole.
I was mistaken, to put it mildly.
One thing that many do not realize is that the TEA Party of today is not the TEA Party of 2009, or even earlier this year. Back in January, the TEA Party did not hesitate to back centrist Republican Scott Brown in his historical bid to win the late “Liberal Lion” Ted Kennedy’s former United States Senate seat in Massachusetts. This most certainly would not happen now. No, it appears that the TEA Party apparatus has been taken over by — for lack of better words — a bunch of kooks. These are not just your ordinary, run-of-the-mill wingnuts, however. Perhaps it is due to the fact that many of them have limited political experience or that they have egos which have yet to be fully realized, but there are some dangerous power trips being made inside the hierarchy of the TEA Party. Unfortunately, they are all being conducted directly at the expense of America’s future as a prosperous, functioning nation.
This is blatantly apparent through the TEA Party’s endorsements and hefty financial support for fundie fanatics such as Tim D’Annunzio in North Carolina’s eighth congressional district, seemingly pathological liars the likes of Dan Maes in Colorado’s gubernatorial race, and, to top it all off, scam artists and total loons like Christine O’Donnell in Delaware’s ongoing GOP senatorial primary. Needless to say, all three of these people would be totally and completely annihilated by their respective Democratic opponents in November. Do the controlling interests of the TEA Party realize this?
Of course they do.
So, then, why are they working against their own and the Republican Party’s best interests? The answer is simple. They have decided to place purity over pragmatism and effectively write themselves into the history books in the process. So long as the TEA Party continues with this self-defeating one-track mindset, nothing can be done to prevent the misfortunes which are coming its way.
The only question now is whether or not the GOP will go down in flames alongside it.
For all of our sakes, I hope not.Powered by Sidelines